This book is a load of old twaddle
I read SISL when I was about 15 and I was reading everything we had in the house. Frankly I found it to be a bunch of hippy free love and didn’t really rate it, even though I like Heinlein’s other stuff. So yeah, didn’t really get it.
Zen and… I read in India, and really got on with it. I guess my tolerance is a bit better when I’m travelling – I’ll read anything – but even so, I thought it was a good read and worth the effort to get into it.Posted 9 years agoavdave2Member
zen is in my list of books that changed my life. However I’m sure that’s because I read it at the right time in my life and I’m sure that today if I were to read it for the first time I may well have the same opinion as you. Sometimes it’s when you read it rather than what you read.Posted 9 years agoTrampusMember
read SISL when I was about 15 and I was reading everything we had in the house. Frankly I found it to be a bunch of hippy free love and didn’t really rate it, even though I like Heinlein’s other stuff. So yeah, didn’t really get it.
Heinlein was slighttly to the right of Attila the Hun! Reread, if you can be bothered. 🙂Posted 9 years agomostlyharmlessMember
My best mate’s Mother gave me Zen as a present. I didn’t make it through the first half on the first attempt. A few years later I tried again and tried harder. It is now one of my all time most rated and recommended books. I found it hard going but worth it. Definitely high on or top of my list of ‘improving books’.
I was doing a post grad course in engieering and there was a module on quality. We had a guest lecturer who was a completely stereotypical academic ar5e, all self importance, ego, supersilious air of intelectual superiority complete with bow tie. I asked him if he’d ever read Zen hoping for expert comment and giving him a chance to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge since it is the best treatment of the essence of quality I know of. His reply was ‘Are you serious?.Posted 9 years ago
‘Yes, I really am’.
No answer, no idea what I was talking about.
Found out and exposed as an academically over achieving, intelectually lightweight, posing to55er.z1ppyMember
Also anything by Terry Pratchett, Iain M Banks and other space fantasy cr@p.
Just cause it ain’t you taste doesn’t make it crap, as it’s just the escapism I want cheers.
Hey ppl watch soaps like Eastenders and coranation st.? Why on earth???? … each to there own.
SISL – was s’ok.Posted 9 years ago
Trampus, if you’ve seen (really crap IMO) or read starship trooper, yes it’s slightly noticable.
I prefer 60’s sci-fi to anything else really though.BadlyWiredDogSubscriber
Louis de **** Bernieres. Or whatever he’s called, shamelessly pilfered from Gabriel Garcia Marquez, so in this case it’s as much about principle as individual taste, though his writing is painfully, self-consciously wordy as well. Dire stuff. Go read One Hundred Years Of Solitude instead, then come back and say that Captain Corelli’s Mandolin or whatever it’s called, is a masterpiece. :o)Posted 9 years agoaPMember
In The Labyrinth, Alain Robbe-Grillet – I’ve never got past the first 40 pages
Shikasta, Doris Lessing – every time I’ve started to read it I’ve found that I have a sea change in life
Novel with cocaine, M Agayev – always quite seductive
…but when you’re feeling miserable or poorly – anything by Dick Francis is just the job.Posted 9 years ago
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